Mandalay – Singu – Sheinmaga (Dolphins Tour) - Mandalay – Bagan - Yangon

(7 Days/ 6 Nights)

 

Overview:

Starting from Mandalay, this trip will take you to all the unique places Myanmar has to offer. You will discover a world unlike any other, the Ayeyarwaddy Dolphins in Mandalay, the land of thousand pagodas in Bagan, the colonial walking tours in Yangon and many more.

Itinerary Details

DAY 1. MANDALAY ARRIVAL (- /L / D)

 

Upon arrival at Mandalay International Airport, you will be welcomed by Asian EZ car and guide. We begin the tour of Mandalay.

Visit first to the scared MAHAMUNI PAGODA, this image was captured during the invasion of the ARAKAN Kingdom in KONBAUNG dynasty.

(GOLDEN PALACE MONASTERY) is the only remaining building from the 19th century Royal Palace, following the bombings during World War 2. This grand teak wood building is known for its exquisite woodcarving and is a superb example of a traditional Myanmar wooden structure.

KUTHODAW PAGODA houses the world’s largest book, make up of 729 marble slabs onto which Buddha’s teachings are carved in ancient Pali scripts.

Mandalay is famous for its skilled craftsmen, who were historically commissioned by the royal families. Today these crafts live on in the many cottage industry workshops scattered throughout the city. We will visit a selection of these shops, witnessing the incredible techniques of wood carving, gold leaf making and kalaga tapestry sewing. The traditional methods for creating these items have been passed down from generation to generation and are still in use today.

We will end our day with sunset view of the city skyline from Mandalay Hill, the highest point of the city.

Lunch and dinner will be served at local restaurant and you will be stay overnight in Mandalay.


DAY 02. MANDALAY – SINGU – HSITHE – MANDALAY (B /L / D)

 

After breakfast at your hotel, we will pick you up at 08.00 am by car. Our journey to HSITHE will take us north past Mandalay Hill. Passing through agricultural land, we drive through many villages, where you can see the daily life of rural Myanmar. The road passes to the east of the famous Marble Mountains, where the raw material for the marble carvers of Amarapura is quarried. At 10.00 am we arrive at SINGU, an attractive small town on the left bank of the Ayeyarwady River.

Here you will be met by the village boat from HSITHE. The boat trip is a great opportunity to observe wildlife, particularly water birds such as Ruddy shelduck, Chinese spot-billed duck, Asian open bill and many Black kites, ospreys, and Cormorants etc (most birds are migratory and the best time to see them is late November-late March). We arrive in HSITHE at 10.45, in time for light refreshment in the Visitor Centre. This attractive building is positioned on the east bank of the river with panoramic views. Often dolphins can be observed, feeding in the waters opposite.

Now you will learn to be a fisherman/woman! The training lasts one hour but is great fun. First, you will be shown how to cast a net and then it is your turn!! Using a light net, especially designed for the purpose, you will have two or three trial throws on the ground adjacent to the center. Then you go by fishing boat to shallow waters and practice your skills. Young or old, male and female, this is something you will enjoy and remember. Lunch is taken in the visitor center.

After lunch, you will have time to look round the many information boards that explain about life in the village: the fishing, farming and the local wildlife, especially the Ayerwaddy River dolphin. It is also an opportunity to buy locally-made handicrafts in the visitor center shop. In the afternoon, you will go for a tour of the village, which will be led by one of the villagers. You can observe local village life in all its fascinating forms the architecture, the people, the animals, the activities and the monasteries. It is a village of bullock carts, smiling children, and of communities going about their daily life. A life which is little changed over the centuries.

It is now time to leave this timeless idyll. Once more you travel by boat. This time, you head upriver to SINGU. The water birds look particularly beautiful in the afternoon light. You depart SINGU at 16.15 pm and you will be transferred back to your hotel in Mandalay by about 18.30 latest.

Dinner will be served at a local restaurant and you will be staying overnight in Mandalay.


DAY 03. MANDALAY – SHEINMAGA – MYITKANGYI – MANDALAY (B /L / D)

 

After breakfast at your hotel, we will pick you up at 08.00 am by car. En route to MYITKANGYI, we will pass over the impressive Sagaing Bridge from where you can see the many beautiful pagodas on Sagaing Hill. From here, we proceed to the west of the Mingun Hills seeing in the distance the famous KAUNG MHU DAW Pagoda. Our journey is now through the open countryside. For those of you interested in wildlife, there are many rare and interesting birds to be seen, including the endemic White-throated babbler. If you are lucky you will also see Oriental honey buzzard and Red-wattled Lapwing.

At 10.00 am you will arrive at the busy market town of SHEINMAGA, which is on the west bank of the Ayeyarwady River. Here you will be met by the village boat. Now you are on the river! It is beautiful. There is always something happening. On the banks, watch the women with their children do the washing. There are boats of all sizes and shapes – big boats going far up-river to Kachin State; smaller boats, traveling from village to village. On the hills, stupas flash golden in the sun. We arrive in MYITKANGYI at 11.35 and have some light refreshment in the Visitor Centre. Here, there are information boards that explain about life in the village, the fishermen, the wildlife and especially the Ayerwaddy River dolphins.

Now we are ready for a village tour which will be led by one of the local villagers. We will see the local farmers and meet the fishermen’s families. In the fields, we will see the women maybe they are planting rice or perhaps they are harvesting the peanut crop. The village is full of traditionally designed wooden houses and the dusty tracks between them are home to the bullock carts that carry the villagers and their crops to and from the fields. We have lunch in the visitor center and this is also an opportunity to look at some of the handicrafts made in the village and which are available for sale (fixed price – they are lovely, so please bring some Myanmar kyat with your – dollars will not work in a village!!).

In the afternoon, you will learn for one hour to become fishermen/women. Casting a net looks difficult but is surprisingly fun to learn. You will be taught by the fishermen using specially designed, lightweight nets. First, you will cast on land and then you will go with the fishermen on a small fishing boat to a shallow area of the river and you will try and catch your own fish! You return to the village, say goodbye to your new friends and take the boat back to SHEINMAGA. If you are lucky, you may see a passing dolphin always a wonderful sight.

The car will deliver you back to your hotel by 18.30 pm after a full but unforgettable day. You will be transferred back to your hotel in Mandalay by about 18.30 latest.

Dinner will be served at a local restaurant and you will be staying overnight in Mandalay.


DAY 4. MANDALAY – BAGAN (FULL DAY CITY TOUR) (B /L / D)

After a breakfast in the morning, transfer to the airport for domestic flight to Bagan. Upon arrival, we begin the tour with visit to the famous SHWEZIGONE Pagoda, considered the most wonderful and shouldn’t miss pagoda in Bagan. Nearby SHWEZIGONE, we will visit WETKYI INN GUPYAUKGYI, a cave temple with exquisite mural paintings and the elegant HTILOMINLO Temple, noted for its fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations.

Continuing the tour of famous pagodas in Bagan, we arrive at ANANDA Pagoda. Said to be the perfect pagoda, an architectural masterpiece, it hides dark stories. In pursuit of perfections, the King who commissioned it was rumour to execute any worker who did not perform up to expectations.
In the evening, we resume our journey on horse cart, THATBYINNYU, the highest Pagoda in Bagan, DHAMMAYANGYI, the largest Pagoda in Bagan.

Finally, we will finish the evening with an unforgettable sunset over the plains from the one of the SUNSET HILL viewpoints.
Remark: The government strictly prohibited to climb the entire temple in Bagan since February 2018.

Lunch and dinner will be served at a local restaurant and you will be stay overnight in Bagan.


DAY 5. BAGAN – POPA – BAGAN (B/ L/ D)

 

After breakfast at your hotel, the journey takes you to MOUNT POPA. 75-90 minutes away from Bagan, Mt. POPA is a place of great importance to the Burmese. It is believed to be the home to 37 NATS, ancient Burmese spirits. The spirits predate the arrival of Buddhism in Myanmar. Climbing the 777 stairs will bring you to the top of Mt. POPA.

After the climb, we will be drive back to Bagan. Along the way, we stop at a local village to watch demonstrations of toddy and jaggery (palm wine and palm sugar) production. Free tastings are available but do hold on the palm wine as more is yet to come.

After around 30-40 minutes, we will stop at one of the famous the Palm production to enjoy the taste of the toddy juice (Sky Beer) with sunset over the plain of Bagan.

Lunch and Dinner will be served at a local restaurant and you will be stay overnight in Bagan.

Optional Tour

Balloon Experience Over Bagan – Experience the majestic landscape of Bagan with a soul-altering hot-air balloon ride over Bagan at sunrise -a thrill that promises to be a highlight of any trip to Myanmar. Dark and early in the morning, enjoy a snack of pastries, croissants, and coffee and watch as the balloons are filled -an experience itself.

Then, after boarding the balloon, gently lift off above the temple-studded plains of Bagan just as the sun begins to rise above the horizon. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience that won’t soon be forgotten. (Note: available only from late- October to late-March; all flights weather permitting).


DAY 6. BAGAN – YANGON (B /L /D)

 

After breakfast at your hotel, transfer to Nyaung U airport for domestic flight to Yangon. Upon arrival, we spend colonial walking tour through Yangon.

Drive to the land mark of the STRAND ROAD and see the STRAND HOTEL (note: only at outside). Then, you will have a look at the PANSODAN JETTY where ferry boat to Dala. It is a crowded place and continues walking along the Pansodan streets and sees the colonial buildings like Myanmar Port Authority, Central Post office and many others.

Proceed stroll through the BOGYOKE AUNG SAN MARKET known as Scott Market (closed on Mondays and Public Holidays). A must visit for tourist; here you can see rows of stalls selling hundreds of gemstone, handicrafts, art, clothes and food stores.

You are extended visit to one of the world’s most spectacular monuments; the 2,600 years old SHWEDAGONE PAGODA.

Built in the 6th century, SHWEDAGONE PAGODA is considered the most scared pagoda in Myanmar. Once sunset arrives, glittering in the dark skyline, SHWEDAGONE PAGODA is indeed a sight to behold.

Lunch and dinner will be served at a local restaurant in Yangon.
Overnight stay at hotel in Yangon.


Day 7. DEPARTURE YANGON (B/ – / -)

 

After breakfast at hotel, visit to the SULE PAGODA, a pagoda in the middle of the central business district, and CHAUK HTET GYI Pagoda, famous for housing an enormous 65 meter long reclining Buddha statue.

Then, we stop by KARAWEIK HALL, a unique golden barge on KANDAWGYI (Royal Lake) which is a perfect place of taking photo of Shwedagon Pagoda.

Lunch will be served at local restaurant.

After lunch, you will transfer to the YANGON AIRPORT for international flight departure.

*** End of this Tour ***


OUR PACKAGE TOUR RATES ARE INCLUSIVE OF:

  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room with daily breakfast
  • All meals as specified in the program on table basis as (B = breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • Entrance fees or zone fees for visits mentioned in the program
  • Tours with English speaking throughout guide (from Yangon – Yangon) or English stationed guides as per program (other languages guide can be provided with additional charges)
  • Maximum one Tour leader is free of charge in single room as of 15 full paying pax
  • All transfers and excursions with private air-conditioned vehicles
  • CBT Dolphin Tours to Singu and Sheinmaga and Set Lunch
  • Service charges, room tax and baggage handling at the hotel and jetty transfers

 

NOT INCLUDED ARE:

  • Domestic airfare (Mandalay- Bagan – Yangon)
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fee for Myanmar (note that pre-arranged visa is required for any tourists)
  • International Airfare
  • Balloons Over Bagan
  • Entrance fees for the sites which are not mentioned in the program
  • Early check-in, late check-out. Normal check out time from hotels in Myanmar is 12 o’clock noon
  • Expenditure of a personal nature, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry etc.
  • Christmas and New Year’s dinner supplement (will be advised at time of booking)
  • Services which are not mentioned above

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